After earning more USD 150,000 to lead co-financed projects in the wine industry in Chile from estate institutions, AgroWine Lab agri-wine business accelerator called this week to investors- family offices and venture capital around the world- to evaluate being part of the capitalization process of the company to broaden the scope of action towards strategies to face the challenges that Climate Change is causing for Food & Agriculture sector.
According to Sergio Bustos Cabrera, “We are seeking to raise USD 500,000 in two stages to incorporate one or two capitalist partners who want to be part of the Board to internationalize the firm due to contacts in Europe and United States that are generated by the implementation of projects abroad.
This capitalization aims to build an investment fund that triggers various initiatives for private companies in the AGRIFOOD sector and broaden the impact of the business innovation projects that are leading due to the great strength of Chile around new geographic sectors that can be incorporated into agricultural production.
Rescue Genetic Material of Crops adapted to cold areas in south of Chile and waterless resistance, Technological challenges such as the Internet of Things (IOT) in agricultural production are some of the main focuses due to the challenge presented by the increase in global food consumption and the search for new production areas that extend the border to the north and South of the country.
The team of AgroWine Lab consultants is composed of professionals who have advised and mentored Chilean Estate Institutions like CORFO, entrepreneurs and companies of IncubaUdeC and UDD Ventures in Concepción, as well as InHouse mentorships of Start Up Chile, the leading state accelerator in Latin America.
Among the main initiatives advised by AgroWine Lab in recent months, the consultancy carried out by the Regional Government of Maule in the development of the foundations of the Cauquenes Marketing Plan, Municipality of Portezuelo through the positioning of the area and its wine producers, stands out, PortalTerreno.com, which just won the DemoDay18 from StartUpChile, and The Pay Solutions, a FinTech Company.
This year 2018, they have just awarded in partnership with the consulting firm Gestión y Proyectos, a FIA project for the rescue of a variety of old vineyards in the Valparaíso Region that is more than 150 years old and complements the contribution made by the development of the Casablanca Valley, in addition to an IPRO project of CORFO in the Aconcagua Valley that exceeds USD 80.000 dollars for building the first Eno Hotel, a wine related boutique hotel for Viña El Escorial.
The Agro-Wine Lab society is led by Sergio Bustos Cabrera who has over 25 years of experience in charge of supply and logistics in mining companies and purchases in trading companies, and which started the business accelerator.
Then, the agronomist, Maximiliano Morales joined as strategist after being consultant and manager of a estate program from Chilean Government of CORFO called Nodo Estratégico Chile Vitivinícola 2.0, where he lead the structuring of the road map of the wine industry. He is also Wine Expert of National Geographic Expedition Ship and writes for www.jancisrobinson.com the leading wine journalist and Master of Wine of Europe, plus being a columnist of several media around the world.
To reinforce the work in Europe, the representative of AgroWine Lab, the Ambientologist (Enviroment Specialist) Fernando Morales de Rueda of the University of Granada, points out that: “The scenarios of climate change are requiring a leadership towards more adaptive systems that confront the loss of ecosystem diversity. That is why the territories especially linked to the natural environment must lead a transformation towards a sustainability policy that responds to the level that these scenarios require. Among the main challenges of communities and agricultural sectors in Spain, France, Portugal and Italy is to face the effects of climate change with actions that guarantee environmental quality without compromising its commercial positioning. ”